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Skedge 7/3/17 (What It Means to Be “FREE”…)

By CEEJ | In St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp | on July 2, 2017

Happy Independence Day Weekend!



MONDAY:  Regular Class Times at both locations


                                        1 CLASS (7AM) @ BALLWIN


What it means to be FREE…

I’d like to start out this week with a big shout out to all of our members and family and friends that participated in… and dominted the Crusher Race in Eureka last weekend!  You all truly did CRUSH it!

We had a HUGE turnout and had an absolute blast taking on the mud, the water, and the obstacles.

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But perhaps, most importantly for many, facing some inner demons.  

For the majority of our group, this was their first time attempting a race like this.  And that can really be a scary thing.

But the scarier thing in life is wanting to do something, but then allowing Fear to win that mental game of judo… and having to wonder later on, “What if?”

Mud runs bring out an elemental part of our evolutionary biology that challenges our physical as well as our mental limits in terms of what we’re willing to attempt, what we’re willing to try, what we’re willing to endure…

And, of course, whether we’re willing to get dirty!

I like to think of the literal mud on the course as an analogy for life.  

To accomplish anything worthwhile in life, we have to be willing to try, to fail, to mess up, get cut, get bruised, make a mess, take our licks… in essence, get dirty.

With the 4th of July approaching this week, it makes me think about what it truly means to be FREE.

And I’m proud to say that I feel freer today than I’ve ever felt in my life. 

That feeling of freedom is largely a result of the fact that I take full credit for everything in my life.

Life doesn’t happen to me.  I happen to life.

Independence Day is a great time to reflect upon all the dirt that went in to making us free.  The blood that was shed.  The fights that were fought.  The wars that were waged.  And the battles that continue to this day.

There are people in this world that abhor freedom.  They want to keep you down.  They want to silence your strengths.  Censor your thoughts.  Make you their slaves.  Even wipe you out of existence.

And there are places in this world where explosions in July will be a sign of near and present danger, and not a celebration of independence and autonomy.

When you think of terrorism, you might think of foreign enemies declaring war upon America and Her multitude of freedoms.

But the more imminent threats live inside America’s borders.

They’re the politicians trading ethics for dollars.

They’re the corporations selling cancer-causing products and calling it “health food”.

They’re the trolls on the internet that try to exploit your innermost insecurities.

They’re the “friends” that tell you to give up on your dreams so that you won’t outgrow them.

But worst of all, are the prisons we’ve built inside our own heads.

The belief that, “I’m not good enough.”

The narrator that tells the story of why, “I’m unlucky.”

That inner voice that coaxes you to, “Just be normal.”

When these thoughts swirl in our head unchecked for too long, they become concrete.  

Just like mud that gets on your skin.  At first it’s wet and sticky… even cool and comforting.  But over time, it dries and hardens.  It clings to you and becomes a part of you.  It pulls at the hairs on your arms.  It constricts your range of motion.  It bogs you down and inhibits your progress.

What was once just harmless mud has become a limiting force.

What was once a harmless thought can balloon into a prison for your mind. 

The thought becomes a part of you.

Insperable from your being.

Indistinguishable from your identity.

Once it’s with you long enough, it’s no longer negative thinking… it’s perceived as actual FACT.

Over months and years and decades of reinforcement, a single parasitic thought can suck you dry of your zest for life.

Imagine if you’ve got dozens of these thoughts.  Layers of prisons built up around your mind…

You may still be moving on the outside.  But inside, you’ve become so caked up with false associations, that anything new induces paralysis.

Which is why it’s one thing to be grateful for our ancestors and predecessors and active duty soldiers who laid the groundwork for your freedom.

But if you walk around in your daily life, feeling trapped in an invisible cage of helplessness, all that sacrifice was for nought.

If you live in America, you may be free.  

But if you get stuck in your head, you become the walking dead.

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The good news is, mud can be washed off.

Mental shackles can be loosed.

And the prisons for your head can be shed.

The trick is figuring out they’re there in the first place.  

The only way to reach new levels in life is to keep experimenting… keep learning… keep getting uncomfortable.

Becasuse you don’t know what you don’t know.

You may think that mud run obstacle courses are way out of your league.

But conversely, you may face that fear, try it anyway, and discover you love this stuff and want to sign up for another one before you’ve even hosed off from the first one… which was exactly the case for a number of our Bootcamp Crushers who immediately bought tickets for the Battlegrounds Mud Run coming up in September!  (Details below for those who want to join.)

The mud run is obviously just an analogy.

The real lesson in life is learning about the obstacles that you need to face.

A cargo net may be far less intimidating than some of the monsters that live inside your head… it’s all relative.

Pay close attention to your inner world and start exorcising those demons one by one.

Because you can’t be a loser and be free at the same time.

You can’t be unlucky and be free at the same time.

You can’t be a victim and be free at the same time.

So many people, strangers whom you’ll never meet, ancestors from previous eras, were willing to fight and even die for YOUR freedom.

Won’t you fight for your own?

Happy 4th of July Everyone!  Don’t be afraid to claim your freedom… and to get a little ‘dirty’!






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Click the Green Button that says “Tickets”

In the upper right corner Click “Enter Promotional Code”

Use code:  “Fader15” to get 15% off the ticket price

Sign up for the NOON-3PM time slot.

Mark your calendar and get ready to get muddy.



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CJ’s Book of the Week:  “Fat For Fuel” by Dr. Joseph Mercola


“Skedge” for 7/3/17-7/8/17

Manchester (Class Times:  Mon-Fri @ 5:30/7:00/8:30am & Satuday @ 7am)

Monday: Upper (CJ)  (Regular Hours)

Tuesday:  (1 CLASS ONLY AT 7AM!!)
Wednesday:  Lower  (CJ)

Thursday:   Upper (CJ)  

Friday:   Core (CJ)

Saturday: Lower (CJ)

St. Peters (Class Times:  Mon-Fri @ 5:30am ONLY & Satuday @ 8am)

Monday:  Upper (Derek)

Tuesday:  OFF!!!!!!  4TH OF JULY
Wednesday:  Lower  (Derek)

Thursday:  Upper (Derek) 

Friday:  Core (Derek)

Saturday:  Lower (Derek)


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CJ Thomas

Owner, Operator, & “CeejEO”

St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp

ph:  314-266-9729

email:  CJ@STLFitnessBootcamp.com


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